Obesity is an epidemic in the United States and many Western countries.
Your weight can significantly influence your overall health and can have a particular impact on spinal health.
Obesity can often lead to back pain as a result of a larger load and pressure on the musculoskeletal system, particularly on the lumbar (lower) spine. Your body may assume the burden but not without cost. Over time, deformations of the spine occur often resulting in conditions such as sciatica and degenerative disc disease.
Obesity also impacts the degree of success of your spinal treatment. Studies show that higher Body Mass Index (BMI) results in greater frequencies of complications such as wound infections, cardiac events, and blood clots. A simple way to avoid such complications is maintaining a healthy diet getting your recommended daily intake of calcium and vitamin D, two key components in maintaining healthy, strong bones.